Recents events on the political front in Nigeria indicate that parliament and the executive are still struggling to cooperate and serve the collective interests of Nigerians. This is not healthy for democracy and national development, says Linus Unah.
Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot raise tuition fees for their children can offer livestock such as goats as payment or offer their skills to the schools, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora recently revealed. Dr Dokora was quoted by local press saying, “On the issue of livestock, the community has to arrange a market where everyone participates; from the school authorities, local leadership and parents themselves to avoid parents being duped.” The country is currently going through a crippling cash crisis, and efforts by the Central Bank to ease the liquidity crunch have been fruitless. The livestock-for-fees proposal has been met with mixed emotions in the country, and on social media, welcomed by some but heavily criticised by others as a desperate move.
Legendary former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has joined American Football League Division II club Phoenix Rising FC, in a historic deal, which is expected to help the rise of the team. As part of the deal, Drogba will help develop the team as a player before advancing to an executive role with the Phoenix MLS expansion franchise.
African migrants are being sold in Libyan ‘slave markets’ after being held for ransom, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has revealed. The migrants trying to reach Europe tell harrowing stories, experiences of forced and hard labour, malnutrition and sexual abuse. Some migrants have been captured and killed by smugglers and militia groups, who conduct the slave trade.
The recent killing of dozens of Christian worshipers at a Coptic Church in Egypt in an explosion has sparked concerns over the rising threat of terrorism in Africa targeting minority groups. There have been various deadly terrorist attacks perpetrated by terrorist groups on the African soil, and the rampage is increasingly becoming relentless. The rise in terrorism on the continent calls for urgent concerted efforts from national and regional social, political, and religious leaders, civil society and the public to curb the threats, which risk going out of control.
Academic, creative writer and human rights activist Stella Nyanzi has been charged with cyber harassment of President Yoweri Museveni this afternoon in Kampala. This followed two months of her intensive criticism of Janet Museveni, the country’s Minister Education and wife to the President, over the government’s reneging on an electoral promise to supply free sanitary pads to school going menstruating girls.
Forthcoming documentary: On 26 April 2017, Julius vs the ANC will broadcast South Africa’s political turmoil on Witness, Al Jazeera English. Rehad Desai’s authored documentary condenses five years of volatile South African politics into 48 disturbing minutes. The film explores various issues from the police killing of 34 striking mineworkers at Marikana in 2012, the rise of Julius Malema, to the various protests that have rocked South Africa and the ongoing power contestations.